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Board & Staff


Greg Brown, ex-officio.  Vice president for Finance and Administration, Swarthmore College. 

Susan Clarey. Retired after careers as a publisher in New York, fundraiser at Swarthmore College, and leading communications at the Salvation Army.

Cordelia Delson, emerita. Vice chair, Astral Artists, Philadelphia, Pa.

Lisa Dennis.  Parent of a Chester Children's Chorus member. The Director of the Office of Community Liaison for Chester, Pa.'s Department of Public Affairs, the founder of the Chester Bereavement Project, and is a Police Chaplain.

Maurice G. Eldridge, emeritus. Retired Vice president for college and community relations, Swarthmore College. 

Grant Grissom, Board Vice-Chair & Performance Chair.  Founder and recently retired CEO of Polaris Health Directions, Wayne, Pa., a developer of software for assessment of the severity of patients' behavioral health problems. 

Nayomi Harrison.  Parent of a Chester Children's Chorus member.  Accountant for Chester Housing Authority. Currently a member of the Parent Caregiver Council Executive Committee at Widener Partnership Charter School, Chester, Pa. 

Deondre Jordan, Swarthmore College class of 2019.  Chemistry and music double major.  Chester Children's Chorus alumnus.

Carol Kroch, Governance Chair.  Managing director, Wealth and Philanthropic Planning, Wilmington Trust Company, Wilmington De.

Philip H. Lebowitz, Board Chair. Partner at Duane Morris, LLP, Philadelphia, Pa.  Practices primarily in the area of healthcare law and litigation.

Celeste Peterkin.  Parent of three members of the Chester Children's Chorus.  Co-owner of Naomi's Floral Regional Fulfillment Service. Chester, Pa.  Currently a member of the Parent Caregiver Council Executive Committee at Widener Partnership Charter School, Chester, Pa. 

Elizabeth Rubin, Board Secretary, Development Chair.  Former President, Suburban Music School, Media, Pa. Vice President, national board, Transplant Recipients International Organization.  Board Secretary, Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger. 

Leslie Stein, Marketing/Outreach Chair. Monell Chemical Senses Center's Director of Science Communications, Philadelphia, Pa., with responsibility for branding, website, social media, newsletters and press releases, media relations and public outreach. 

Dr. Martha Tucker.  An Episcopal priest, developmental psychologist and lawyer who has devoted much of her life to the education and spiritual development of children and to pastoring across the lifespan.  Served as Associate Rector at St David's Episcopal Church for 4 years, directed the Swarthmore Presbyterian Nursery Day School and helped to establish the St David's Episcopal Day School in Wayne. 

Karen Vesely, Finance Chair.  Retired investment industry professional specializing in non-profit organization and family wealth management. Board member, ChesPenn Health Services; Homeless Assistance Fund, Inc.; and Media Chamber Chorale. Former board trustee, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

Frances Vilella-Velez, Consultant and attorney specializing in design, development and evaluation services for social policy, education, and non-profit initiatives.


John Alston, Executive artistic director. Doctorate in choral conducting, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Dana Semos, Managing director. Former Director of Children's education at the Wagner Free Institute of Science. Joined the chorus in December 2018. B.S. in Elementary Education, Bloomsburg University. 

Cynthia Staniszewski, Director of development. Former Associate Director of Advancement, the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova. Joined the chorus September 2017. B.A. in Politics and Organizational Psychology, Mount Holyoke College.

Sean Tripline, Assistant music director.  Choir director, Second Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Philadelphia. Joined chorus December 2013.  B.A., West Chester University.

Elisa DeNofio, Chorus program manager. Former Human Resources assistant, University of Pennsylvania, Van Pelt Library. Joined the staff in September 2005. B.A., Holy Family University.